Assemble shortlisted for prestigious EU architecture prize

Assemble, a collective which includes staff and alumni from The Cass, have been shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe Award.

Assemble, a creative collective whose members include architecture alumni and teachers from The Cass have been nominated for the European Union's 2017 architecture prize, the Mies van der Rohe Award.

The collective have been nominated for their work on the Granby Four Streets project, where they worked closely with residents from Toxeth, Liverpool on the refurbishment of housing, public space and the provision of new work and enterprise opportunities in a previously neglected terraced housing estate.

The Mies van der Rohe prize is awarded biennially and recognises excellence and innovation in the field of European architecture.

Assemble are a London-based collective who work across the fields of art, design and architecture to create projects in tandem with the communities who use and inhabit them. Their architectural spaces and environments promote direct action and embrace a DIY sensibility.

The members, who have studied at architectural schools across the UK, include Paloma Strelitz and James Binning who lead Unit 15 on the Professional Diploma in Architecture at The Cass, as well as alumni of both undergraduate and postgraduate study at The Cass. 

Assemble were awarded the 2015 Turner Prize for their work on Granby Four Streets, becoming the first ‘non-artists’ to win the prestigious modern art prize.

The five finalists for the Mies van der Rohe Award will be announced in mid-February and the winner in mid-May.